Laptop computers to save Columbiana board time, paper

By D.A. Wilkinson


Columbiana Schools Superintendent Don Mook took the school board to school.

On Tuesday, Mook introduced the concept of paperless board of education meetings.

Mook has supplied each of the five school board members — Mark Hudson, Kelly Witmer, Randal Guy, Alex Heintzelman and Dr. Jay Hertel — with the small, red, laptop computers.

The district has been providing minilaptops to students in the 11th and 12th grades.

Mook pointed out that the board members received last year’s model, not new ones.

He said the members can use them to send messages back and forth to one another.

“We’ll save a little bit of paper,” he said.

The superintendent said, as an example, that board members can look up school test results from the last year.

“That information is available. It can be at your fingertips,” Mook said.

The superintendent said a program in the computers will allow board members to share files on school programs.

“See how they work,” Mook said. “They’re easily transported to and from meetings.”

The board also can get school information through PDF files used in e-mails.

Mook then used photos projected on a screen of the ongoing renovation at Joshua Dixon Elementary School, a new bus garage and landscaping and potential flooding areas.

Guy said the update seemed to be proof of the paperless plan.

Mook also used the video presentation to show that he expected the work on the district buildings and land would cost $1,044,748, but he added the price “could come in higher.”

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